IE Add-ons that can't be disabled.

Posted on 2014-03-26
Last Modified: 2014-04-19
Hi, and thanks for any ideas...

I have a client for whom I disinfected a PC which was severely compromised by an unscrupulous company he had hired to remove Kaspersky (which just would not uninstall) with McAfee, so some strange reason.  Kaspersky was not uninstalled by them, but they loaded it up with much malware and spyware.

I completed the removal of Kaspersky with Kaspersky's uninstall tool, and then disinfected the PC with a number of tools.  Then installed McAfee. The browsers were also compromised, in that a number of nasty add-ons were present.  I was able to remove or disable most, except for 4 add-on which I could not disablein IE (Ver 10),.  So for the meantime, I removed the directories to which each was referring

I would like to know how to get rid of, or at least disable the add-ons still shown in the Capture1.png file.

I have attached two files:  The Capture1.png is a snip of the bad-boy add-ons, and the PDF file is the additional info available on three of them.

Thanks lots for any ideas.
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It may be McAfee that is preventing you from un-installing those items.  You might try disconnecting the network, uninstall McAfee, reboot and see if you can uninstall those items.
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Have you looked in Start -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Task Scheduler ?
On the left, click the Task Scheduler Library.
In the middle, check the Actions tab of each item you don't recognize, to see if they point to those programs and/or removed subdirs. Some cleaners will remove those; most won't.

You can also use the Reset button on the Advanced tab of Internet Options, including the Personal Settings.Internet Options - Advanced - Reset - Delete Personal SettingsThat's usually a last resort, but you may be reaching that point.

Did you already run a full scan with MalwareBytes Antimalware?

edit: Many recommend running Tigzy's RogueKiller (see tutorial on that page) first, then - without exiting RogueKiller - run MBAM. RogueKiller looks for and kills suspicious programs that might deflect MBAM's process by reinstalling itself as soon as MBAM removes it.
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"To remove add–ons from your PC

1.Open Internet Explorer.

2.Click the Tools button, and then click Manage add-ons.

3.Under Show, click All add-ons, and then select the add-on you want to delete.

4.If the add-on can be deleted, you'll see the Remove option at bottom right. Click Remove and then click Close.  If the add-on can not be deleted you will usually be offered the option to Disable.

Not all add-ons can be removed and BHO's cannot be removed. Some add–ons are necessary for Internet Explorer and your PC to work correctly."

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Concerning #4 double clicking on a particular add-on may offer a popup with the Remove option.  It will also show you where the add-on or BHO is located in the Registry.
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Here is a comprehensive list of items to check that should help:

1. Install Process Explorer to find out what runs at startup

2. Go to All programs, Administrative Tools, Event Viewer. Check the System and Application sections for errors that may be causing your problems.

3. If you haven't also ready checked for Viruses, update your virus definitions and run a Full Scan, deleting all virus and spyware detected

4. If you don’t have any Anti Virus installed, here are a few free ones to try:

5. If spyware is found, download and run these free anti spyware apps

6. Run a Disk Cleanup: Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Disk Cleanup.
Include Temporary Internet Files and Temp files

7. Run Error Checking: Start, Computer, right click  on C:\, Tools, Error Checking.
Select "Automatically fix file system errors" and click start

8. Check for all programs that start at Boot: Start, Run, type MSCONFIG, on the startup tab, review the programs listed. Uncheck anything that should not run on startup

9. Defrag all hard drives: Click My Computer, right click the C drive, click Tools, Disk Defragmenter, Click Analyze to check the amount of fragmentation or Defrag to run the process. You repeat this per drive.

General Maintenance to keep your pc up to date
1. Run Windows Update and select all Microsoft updates and security patches

2. Update your Pc's System Bios

3. Update your drivers: Motherboard Chipset, Network Adaptor, Video, Audio & Printers

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Hi All

Thanks much for you excellent suggestions, I completely reinitialized IE and ran a number of anti spyware utilities, found and eliminated a few lingering boogie-things, and all was good.
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Glad to have helped.

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